Alliance Rail has applied to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to operate three routes.
In June 2018 Alliance Rail’s subsidiary Great North Western Railway (GNWR) secured access rights to operate a service of up to six return trips a day between London and Blackpool starting in 2019.
Access rights for daily journeys to and from the Fylde coast to Nuneaton and Milton Keynes were approved by the Office of Rail and Road. The decision allows for five return services per day from the Blackpool, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Wesham to London with opportunity for a sixth return service.
The route will be serviced by former Virgin Trains East Coast InterCity 225 trains.
Alliance Rail previously submitted a proposal for access rights to the East Coast Mainline under the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) brand. In 2016 this proposal was rejected by the ORR who awarded it to FirstGroup and Virgin Trains East Coast.
Alliance Rail submitted a proposal to the ORR to operate up to 18 trains per day between Southampton Central and London Waterloo on the South West Main Line under the Grand Southern brand. That proposal was rejected in August 2018.